Blogs

Our bloggers are fitness instructors, runners, bikers, professors, therapists, recreationists, psychologists, nutritionists, parents and, overall, members of our community. Check back often for new posts and leave a comment to engage in the conversation.

June 27, 2017

Grand Valley Bike Month

While the rest of the nation celebrates bicycling in May, June is Colorado Bike Month. Each year representatives from the private, public, and government sectors pull together to plan a month of free events and activities to promote and celebrate cycling. This year, I was given the responsibility of leading […]
June 14, 2017
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Why we need to stay connected

Social isolation, defined as “a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society,“ has been shown to be related to several serious health issues.  In fact, social isolation is related to early death at a similar level as smoking or obesity.  Click here for a […]
May 30, 2017

Activating our school space

Here at Clifton Elementary School, we too are sending an open invitation to the community to come and enjoy!  We couldn’t be more excited about the Activating Spaces grant provided through the County Health Department for our school!  With this grant, we are able to improve an old, unused field.  […]
May 24, 2017

Conscious water consumption

2,500 fifth grade students flooded the Colorado Mesa University campus, to participate in a two-day water festival May 15-16; sponging up information on water conservation, safety and so much more.  What was this festival?  The 24th Annual Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival! Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival is the largest […]
May 16, 2017

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Mesa County

by Teresa Nees At times it can be difficult to explain how my job contributes to the overall health of our community. After all, I kill things for a living. As the Coordinator of the Mesa County Noxious Weed Program, I spend a good share of time wielding various tools […]
May 2, 2017

All good things must come to an end

I came to Grand Junction 5 years ago to attend school at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). I came in on a dance scholarship, but little did I know; I had another passion waiting for me in the Health and Wellness field. As it is getting dangerously close to my graduation […]
April 25, 2017

Preparing for life’s curveballs: conflict resolution

by Amy Weitzel Baseball season is here. CMU is underway with Chris Hanks and crew already starting another winning season for the Mavs. I’ve never played baseball myself (I’m more of a basketball and volleyball sort of girl), but I always get a little nervous when the player steps up […]
April 24, 2017
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How I Plan to Protect My Daughter from Societal Pressures – Part I

By Kelly Hamilton Since having my daughter, I’ve spent a lot of time worrying. Is she sleeping enough? Is she warm enough? Is she eating enough? Is she eating too much? I could keep going, but you get my point. After nearly a year and a half, I’m happy to […]
April 19, 2017
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Type 2 diabetes – are you at risk?

Spring and warmer weather have finally arrived.  The new beginnings of spring are a great time to take steps to become a new, healthier you! Whether that’s changing the way that you move, how you eat or learning to manage stress better, you can change your course to preventing type […]
April 14, 2017
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Change

  I recently started a new job, so change is on my mind. To varying degrees and for a variety of reasons, it seems to be right on the surface for many of my friends and family, too. As the old saying goes, “the only constant in life is change,” […]
February 14, 2017

Finding a Family

By Andi Goddeyne In just a few months I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. It seems surreal. I have worked towards this for nearly 20 years, after all. While I feel accomplished in this endeavor, it is another bittersweet moment; it is another milestone my […]
February 7, 2017

Heart Health for the Mind and Body

By Amy Weitzel When my kids were little, they loved to have special Band-Aids for any cut, bump, bruise, or even imaginary wounds. My oldest daughter loved cat Band-Aids. My son loved Spiderman. And my youngest daughter was all about the princesses. It’s amazing how the simple act of putting […]
January 31, 2017

Oh, the places you will go, and more importantly the lessons you will learn once you get there

by Melissa Gutierrez “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for.”- Unknown. This is the most accurate description of my entire experience in Peace Corps Philippines.  Joining the Peace Corps was a dream that I talked about for many years before […]
January 18, 2017
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Staying Sharp in Retirement (Part 2)

by Fran Parker Now eight months into retirement, I’m continuing to blog on the theme I started in November.  I’m using the book Staying Sharp, by Henry Emmons, MD and David Alter, Ph.D. as a guide to assessing how I’m doing with my goal of cultivating a healthy, active brain […]
January 10, 2017
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Achieving resolutions

by Amy Weitzel A friend and I were recently discussing New Year’s Resolutions and writing our goals down for the upcoming year. This is a guy who is smart, well-educated and seems to have everything together. But he expressed his frustration at setting his goals and then losing sight of […]